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Charles Claypoole is a partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of Latham's International Arbitration and Public International Law Practices.

Mr. Claypoole advises on a wide range of public international law and dispute resolution issues, including international investment law, international trade law, investment treaty arbitration (primarily under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty), international commercial arbitration, UN, EU and UK international trade sanctions, EU and UK export control laws, State immunity, international humanitarian and human rights law (including Business and Human Rights), land and maritime boundary law, and the Law of the Sea.

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

The growing practice at Latham & Watkins handles a mix of investment treaty arbitration and high-stakes commercial disputes. It recently advised on a number of multimillion-dollar construction disputes in the energy sector in countries including Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia, as well as on a range of commercial arbitrations. Group head Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is representing Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo as the respondent in an ICC arbitration brought by a subsidiary of an Asian state-owned oil-and-gas company regarding a joint venture dispute; he is also defending the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration brought by Eco Oro Minerals concerning the adoption of regulatory measures in the gold mining sector. The team operates from across the firm’s geographic footprint, with key practitioners based in Paris, Madrid, London, New York, San Francisco and San Diego. Notable practitioners include counsel John Adam, who is a barrister with Spanish and Portuguese language capabilities, and the London-based Charles Claypoole and Sophie Lamb.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Latham & Watkins fields 'lawyers with strong intellect and technical ability, combined with savvy commercial and tactical advice'. The firm grew the 'swiftly expanding practice' when it hired Jon Holland and Andrea Monks , who advise financial institutions on significant disputes and contentious regulatory matters, from Hogan Lovells International LLP; and Ian Felstead, who is known for commercial, media, and regulatory litigation, from CMS. Felstead is 'an excellent litigation lawyer who is capable of handling complex disputes'. In a claim for contractual rectification, the team acted for Barclays Bank, which acted as the security agent in a £525m bond financing of the Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FS); the High Court dispute arose from an alleged common mistake that FS alleges gives rise to a right to rectify the terms of security given by it. Oliver Browne is chair of the litigation and trial department in London; other highly rated advisers include Philip Clifford QC, Stuart Alford QC, Sophie Lamb QC, Charles Claypoole and Martin Davies. Jumana Rahman, and Dan Smith are notable counsels; and John Kallaugher retired from the partnership in 2017.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Latham & Watkins' 'top-flight team' acts in high-profile matters in several different industry sectors, including oil and gas, energy and construction disputes, and investment treaty arbitration. Highlights included defending Ukraine in an arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty. Co-chair of the firm's London litigation and trial practice Oliver Browne is 'a great team leader, has very sound judgment and is someone clients can rely on in good times and bad'; recently appointed silk Sophie Lamb QC  is global co-chair of the international arbitration practice; Philip Clifford QC also took silk in 2018; Charles Claypoole regularly takes a leading role in investment treaty disputes; and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert divides his time between London and Hamburg. Charles Courtenay is a key counsel, while Samuel Pape is a well-regarded associate.

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Public international law

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Claypoole - Latham & Watkins

Within: Public international law

Latham & Watkins' public international law (PIL) expertise covers Law of the Sea issues; investor and state-side investment treaty matters; trade sanctions; international trade law, including WTO issues; state  and sovereign immunity law; and business and human rights. In the largest-ever treaty claim brought against Ukraine, the team defended Ukraine in an arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty; the arbitration raised a number of complex issues related to state responsibility in relation to the actions of domestic courts and the right to regulate under PIL. It also represented the Republic of Croatia in an ICSID arbitration brought under its BIT with Belgium, which involved a real estate acquisition and proposed development of a luxury tourist resort. Sophie Lamb QC is global co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration group; and Charles Claypoole, London and Hamburg-based Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert and Marc Hansen are also key practitioners.

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